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Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 7, 2023

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ANNUAL (12 months)
Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at:

Job Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of its School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM). UW-Madison is a highly ranked, internationally regarded land-grant university committed to excellence in research, teaching, and public service, with revenues of $2.4 billion, a student body of approximately 50,000 and faculty/staff of approximately 25,000.

The university seeks an individual with a record of leadership who can extend the school's positive trajectory in advancing its excellence in research, education, clinical practice, and public service through a bold vision of the role of veterinary medicine in discovery, research, and global health. The school is dedicated to advancing animal and human health with science and compassion. It consistently ranks among the top ten in the nation and is a leader in veterinary, basic, and translational research to advance the concept of one health. It has graduated nearly 2900 Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and 500 MS and PhD students since the school opened in fall 1983.

The Dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school with responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, fundraising, budget planning and management, curriculum, student academic affairs, clinical resources, and facilities development. The school is comprised of 380 veterinary students and approximately 875 faculty, staff, and trainees with a budget of approximately $100 million, including research expenditures of $42 million.

The Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine reports to the chancellor and the provost, serves on the university's Deans Council, and provides leadership for veterinary medicine and public health initiatives across the campus. The Dean contributes to the state of Wisconsin, including service on the board of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and to the veterinary medicine profession at the national and international levels, acting as ambassador for the school and the profession. The Dean leads the advancement of the school through its instructional programs, its internationally recognized research initiatives, its philanthropic efforts, and by building strong internal and external communities to support the school's continued success and growth. This includes aligning the school with new and developing campus initiatives.

The Dean is responsible for upholding the quality of instruction for veterinary medical students, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, including implementation of a revised curriculum and compliance with requirements for accreditation. The Dean also has oversight of UW Veterinary Care, its teaching hospital, which includes responsibility for teaching within the hospital, patient care, and research, and a current caseload of 30,000 patient visits. The Dean shares responsibility for promoting and facilitating the success of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, executed in part as the Chancellor's representative on their Board. The Dean's outreach responsibilities include community outreach, maintaining ties with professional organizations, and building new and improved business, philanthropic, and legislative contacts.

More comprehensive information about the school and the university can be found on the following websites:


The chief academic and executive officer of a school or college. Responsible for all instructional, research and continuing education programs of a school or college, including the substantial community and public service component that is so crucial to the strength of a school or college and is so vital to the State of Wisconsin. (Limited with concurrent faculty appointment).

Qualifications and Desired Attributes
In addition, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualities:
- a record of successful visionary and collaborative leadership;
- a bold vision of the future role of veterinary medicine in society;
- strong personnel and fiscal management, communication and fund-raising skills and success including a talent for identifying entrepreneurial opportunities and visionary fundraising;
- experience leading or facilitating extramurally-funded basic or translational research programs;
- commitment and ability to work with faculty, staff and students within one of the strongest shared governance environments in the United States;
- a demonstrated commitment to advancing learning, research, and public service;
- an understanding and appreciation of the diverse missions and constituencies of a major public research university; proven ability to build coalitions and engage diverse constituencies to advance the school; a commitment to the diversity of students, faculty and staff, and to advancing an inclusive diverse climate that stimulates excellence;
- experience with governmental agencies and philanthropic foundations;
- the ability to represent the school and university effectively in educational, governmental, business, alumni, and public forums

Duties and Responsibilities
- serve as chief academic officer of the school
- provide leadership in and oversight of the school's instructional, research, clinical service, and outreach missions
- provide personnel oversight for the school, including the recruitment of a diverse, talented and highly productive faculty and staff, and support for professional growth and development
- promote diversity, equity and an inclusive school and campus climate
- oversee the school's budget and long-term strategic planning
- provide oversight and leadership of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as the chancellor's designee to the board
- cultivate meaningful relationships with stakeholders that generate support for the school's strategic priorities
- serve as an active member of the Deans Council and foster cross-campus collaborations with other deans, particularly with the other health sciences deans (Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy)
- serve as a strategic participant and leader over time of the deans within the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent


- Candidates must hold the earned degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent
- A record of scholarship and teaching that qualifies the candidate for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

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How to Apply:

The review of applications may begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, applications must be received by January 8, 2024.

Candidates should include a comprehensive letter of application, current curriculum vitae (CV) and list of references to:

Important information regarding confidentiality: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, UW-Madison is required by Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7) to release the names of all applicants to anyone who requests that information. If you would like to request confidentiality, please indicate that in an email to Victoria Castillo, Isaacson/Miller search firm ( ). Candidates who advance to the finalist round are announced publicly prior to their campus visits.

Please visit to complete voluntary self-identification information. PVL #289421

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Employment will require an institutional reference check regarding any misconduct. To be considered, applicants must upload a signed 'Authorization to Release Information' form as part of the application. The authorization form and a definition of 'misconduct' can be found here:


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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .


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